As the security requirements of Defense Intelligence Community have converged with those of commercial enterprises, AGC Partners has thrived, successfully advising on over 100 Defense and Security transitions since the firm’s founding in 2003. AGC’s Defense Technologies practice is comprised of four primary segments: Defense Systems; Government Services; Homeland Security; and Intel/Cyber, with a focus on “dual use” technologies that span both national security and commercial use cases. Cyber is a particular focus, earning 451 Research recognition as the most prolific Security M&A advisor for each of the past five years, having completed 3x more transactions than any other investment bank over this period.
AGC takes a fundamentally different approach than many other investment banks – we are mission-oriented professionals with deep roots in the national security community and commercial cyber, and leverage that core domain knowledge to cross pollinate between the two. Members of AGC’s security team serve on the Security Innovation Network (SINET) Advisory Board, frequently moderate industry panels and roundtable discussions, and hold regular strategic planning sessions with leading strategic acquirers and financial investors. AGC also organizes several industry conferences each year, including our annual “pre-RSA” San Francisco Security Conference, which in 2019 drew 1,400 attendees, 320 participating companies, and thought leaders, C-level executives, and leading-edge entrepreneurs from across the sector.
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We engaged AGC because of its track record, deep market knowledge, and relationships. That perspective proved invaluable to the Board and a mission-oriented shareholder group in forming a consensus to divest Exostar from joint venture to private equity ownership. I can't speak more highly of the tenacity and professionalism that Maria, Russ and the AGC team brought to the table every day to advance our strategic interests. We are excited at the prospect of moving forward under Thoma Bravo's stewardship, and the deal absolutely would not have happened without AGC. AGC has earned my highest recommendation.
Richard Addi, CEO, Exostar
AGC Partners acted as sole financial advisor to Exostar in June, 2020
"After 31 years building GrammaTech, we wanted a banker who would work with us to find not only a great exit, but also a caring owner for the employees, IP and customers that we hold dear. Russ, Maria and the AGC team used their deep, hands-on knowledge of both enterprise and US national security markets to find new owners, and a successor CEO, who will drive GrammaTech strongly forward. AGC was our trusted advisor at each step of the process, and their knowledge, creativity and drive were invaluable to achieving our objectives in the transaction. We would absolutely recommend AGC as an M&A advisor."
Tim Teitelbaum, Co-Founder & CEO, Tom Reps, Co-Founder & President, GrammaTech
AGC Partners acted as sole financial advisor to GrammaTech in November, 2019
AGC was our trusted advisor through every step of this process, and was invaluable in delivering an optimal outcome for the Lumeta shareholders. Russ, Ben, John and Kyle brought not only deep security market knowledge and relationships, but also provided the moxie and grit needed at critical points in the process. After working closely with Russ and team, they've earned my highest recommendation. I would look forward to working with AGC again in the future.
Kathy Kinnamon, CFO, Lumeta
AGC Partners acted as sole financial advisor to Lumeta in May, 2018